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After much negotiation with the state Court System, the Bethel City Council renewed the lease for the Nora Guinn Justice Complex for 10 years.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

A convicted child molestor is once again facing charges of sexual abuse and kidnapping of minors. 

Reverse osmosis system
Olivia Ebertz / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation installed a specialty water filtration system in the Tuluksak school on March 2, 2021. YKHC said that the system could provide enough drinking water for the entire community, but soon the system was only being used by the school. 

 

Dean Swope / KYUK

On April 26, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation said that Y-K Delta students in all grades can return to in-person learning as long as students maintain proper physical distancing. In updated guidance to schools, YKHC said that students could return to school, even in areas where there is “high transmission” of COVID-19. 

The pool at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center in Bethel.
Dean Swope/KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center plans to open to 40% capacity on May 3. Facility Director Stacey Reardon says recreational areas of the fitness center will be open only to those who have been vaccinated, but the pool and family locker room will be open to unvaccinated individuals with reservations. The pool is one of the only areas of the fitness center where people don’t wear masks. 

AP

A tax on pop will not be coming to a grocery store near you. At least not just yet. 

A red fox kit runs in the snow outside of Toolik Field Station, Alaska.
National Science Foundation

Four rabies cases have been confirmed in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta recently.  Three rabid foxes and one rabid dog were found in Nightmute, Alakanuk, and Bethel. Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Lauri Meythaler-Mullins has been working in all three places to vaccinate pets, and to diagnose and confirm cases. She said that the dog that had rabies was euthanized.

Representative Geran Tarr

A bill has been introduced in the Alaska legislature that would change Alaska laws concerning sex abuse and rape. House Bill 5, introduced by Rep. Geran Tarr of Anchorage, would change the definition of “consent” to make it easier to convict people accused of rape. Statistics indicate that in 2015, more than 90% of the reported felony-level sex offenses did not result in a conviction.

Alaska Health Officials: Kids 12 To 15 Are On Cusp Of Vaccine Eligibility

Apr 27, 2021
Katherine Rose / KCAW

As the current school year comes to a close, Alaska health officials anticipate kids aged 12 to 15 will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine long before school starts again in the fall. 

A subsistence fisherman harvests a king salmon from the lower Kuskokwim River during a gillnet opening on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Federal Subsistence Board has scheduled a public hearing for May 6 on a proposal to put Kuskokwim River king salmon harvest under federal management starting June 1. The proposal follows a forecast from state biologists for another low king salmon run. Federal officials have managed the Kuskokwim king fishery since 2014 to help conserve the species.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On April 27, Bethel City Council will consider a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The proposal would add a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on all liquid sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Bethel. The revenue from the tax would be kept in a special interest-bearing account that would only be used for Parks and Recreation purposes.

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